Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Vauxhallemployees in Luton will be given four weeks’ paid leave this Christmas in aninnovative £3m deal to help the company cope with falling demand for motorvehicles in Europe.Employeeswill finish work on 14 December and return on 15 January under Vauxhall’sflexible working agreement. One of the weeks is the usual Christmas break, theother three have been added to cope with falling demand. The scheme will costthe company about £1m a week for its 3,000 staff but the hours will be recoupednext year, if demand rises, with the introduction of an extra shift. Theflexible working deal was struck with the T&G and the AmalgamatedEngineering and Electrical Union four years ago, but has seldom been used. Itis similar to schemes in Germany and in the US, the home of Vauxhall’s parentcompany General Motors.Vauxhall’sdirector of personnel Bruce Warman said, “We are the first company in the UK tohave this system that enables us to bank employees’ hours and draw them downlater. “Theworkforce is more than happy with the deal. It is a good pattern and it works.”In thepast, when demand slumped car workers were laid off. But nowadays manufacturersare keen to retain their workforce, which tends to be much better trained,particularly when, as now, there is almost full employment. “We like to hold onto our good people,” said Warman. The T&Gwelcomed the move by Vauxhall to annualised hours and flexible working, whichthe union’s spokesman said should be viewed within a European context ofovercapacity and greater employee flexibility.By KathyWatson Break allows Vauxhall to ‘bank’ hours for the futureOn 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.